England: Save or Splurge, How To Make London Work For Every Budget

England: Save or Splurge, How To Make London Work For Every Budget

With so much to see and do in London, there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re planning a luxurious weekend or a frugal day trip, here’s how to make a trip to London work for every budget.

Getting Around

The best way to get around London is by making use of it’s efficient public transport. Regardless of how much you have to spend, it’s worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card. This will save you money and means you don’t have to shell out for single fares and tickets. London runs a ‘Boris Bike Scheme’ which allows you to hire bikes- a cost-effective way to get around. Plus you get some exercise too! Alternatively, you could focus on seeing one area of London and walk from place to place. You might not be able to see as much of the city, but it’s completely free.

Where to Eat

London is well known for it’s incredible fine dining, and if you get chance to visit a high-end restaurant then it’s well worth the splurge. Many top chefs across the world have restaurants in London, with a huge number of them having Michelin stars. A great way to treat yourself and indulge on your trip. For less expensive alternatives, there are cafes and more budget- friendly restaurant choices too. You could take a look online before you go and check out some menus so you have an idea of the prices to work out where is best for you. Alternatively, you could pack a picnic bag and enjoy an alfresco lunch in one of London’s gorgeous green spaces for an ultra-frugal meal.

Things To Do

Tourist attractions in London can be pricey, but splurging here allows you to see some of the best things London has to offer. The London Eye, The Tower of London and tours of incredible landmarks such as Kensington Palace are just a few. On the other end of the spectrum, there are numerous galleries and museums which cost nothing to enter. You could spend time at one of London’s stunning parks or gardens, or simply take a walk around and see the sights. You could sit in a cafe with a coffee and a sweet treat, people-watch and take in the views.

Where to Stay

There’s no shortage of glamorous high-end hotels in London, from Dorsett Hotels in Shepherds Bush to the Four Seasons in Hamilton Place. For a luxurious overnight stay, you are definitely in the right place in London. But if you have less to spend there’s no need to fret. There are less expensive options too such as hostels, meaning you can still visit London on a budget.

Places to Shop

Home to some of the most prestigious department stores such as Harrods and Liberty’s London, you won’t be short of stunning designer shops to visit. There is also a wide range of fabulous boutiques and smaller shops you could visit meaning there’s something for all budgets. You could also check out the range of markets, where you can find everything from produce to flowers to unique items. A vibrant and bustling market is an amazing experience where you can indulge in some shopping without blowing the budget.

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  1. September 10, 2016 / 7:54 am

    Great post! London is a super expensive city to visit (I’ve been twice), but I completely agree that there are a bunch of budget-friendly options too. The second time I visited, I was determined to see a Shakespearean play. Going to see one at the Globe isn’t always cheap. We found out that St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden often puts on plays. We went to see the Twelfth Night and it was extremely well done.

    • September 15, 2016 / 11:52 am

      Thanks 🙂 London is a fantastic city but like you say super expensive and I think that may put people off visiting. I visit London on a regular basis (as I only live 4 hrs away) and I didn’t know about the plays in Covent Garden – that is a fantastic tip, thank you for sharing! It’s something I’m going to be looking out for on my next visit!

      • September 15, 2016 / 6:21 pm

        Thank you so much for writing your awesome post!